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Alternative Fuels/Sustainable Energy - Lafayette: Home

This guide provides access to college and other online resources for those students needing material on alternative fuels and energy sources.


Welcome to Ivy Tech Community College LibGuides. This guide is one of a collection of subject guides based on a program or specific course offered at Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette Region. It will help you locate information for research and general course assignments.

This is a selective listing of resources and should be supplemented through interaction with your instructors and the college library staff.

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Energy Sources - Brief Intro

Sustainable/Renewable Energy - A Definition Glossary
Energy provided by sources that can be replaced within a human lifetime and cause no long-term damage to the environment. Sustainable energy has two criteria; resources which are considered renewable and how efficiently energy is used. 

Illustrated Dictionary of Science, Andromeda -
The energy that comes from the Sun (Solar energy), wind, water (Tidal power and Hydroelectricity), living plants (Biomass) and the Earth (Geothermal energy). With the growing awareness of the finite supplies of fossil fuels (see Coal, Gas, Petroleum), there has been an interest in developing more efficient ways of using natural resources to produce electricity and to power vehicles. Renewable energy sources will last indefinitely and all, except geothermal power, are based on sunlight – which delivers annually more than 10,000 times as much energy as humanity uses.

The provision of
energy such that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A broader interpretation may allow inclusion of fossil fuels and nuclear fission as transitional sources while technology develops, as long as new sources are developed for future generations to use. A narrower interpretation includes only energy sources which are not expected to be depleted in a time frame relevant to the human race.

British Telecommunications - Climate Change Dictionary
Otherwise known as green or environmentally-friendly energy, renewable energy comes from natural sources that won't run out. These include the wind, the sun, the waves and biofuels such as wood, manure or flaxseed oil. Producing biofuels in large quantities is sometimes criticised, however, if it appears that large amounts of land which could be used in other ways are being devoted to biofuel crops.

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